Florida Safety Campaign Highlights Dangers of Heatstroke in Hot Cars

by Carmen Dellutri on July 12, 2012

Fort Myers injury attorneySafety officials recently gathered in Florida to deliver an important message: children and hot cars can be a deadly combination. Florida consistently ranks near the top when it comes to heatstroke fatalities. Since 1998, at least 58 children across Florida have died, with the majority aged three and younger.

David Strickland, Administrator of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), joined the President and Chief Executive Officer of Safe Kids Worldwide, officials from the Florida Department of Transportation and health professionals in Orlando to kick off a new campaign aimed at preventing vehicular heatstroke. It is called "Where's baby? Look before you lock."

"Everything we know about this terrible danger to children indicates heatstroke in hot cars can happen to any caregiver from any walk of life – and the majority of these cases are accidental tragedies that can strike even the most loving and conscientious parents," said NHTSA Administrator Strickland. "We hope our campaign not only helps caregivers avoid accidentally harming a child but also clears up some of the misconceptions about the causes of child heatstroke in cars."

As Cape Coral injury attorneys, we urge parents and caregivers to take the following precautions to prevent heatstroke incidents from occurring this summer:

  • Never leave a child unattended in a vehicle — even if the windows are partially open or the engine is running and the air conditioning is on;
  • Make a habit of looking in the vehicle — front and back — before locking the door and walking away;
  • Ask the childcare provider to call if the child does not show up for care as expected;
  • Do things that serve as a reminder a child is in the vehicle, such as placing a purse or briefcase in the back seat to ensure no child is accidentally left in the vehicle, writing a note or using a stuffed animal placed in the driver's view to indicate a child is in the car seat; and,
  • Teach children a vehicle is not a play area and store keys out of a child's reach.

The Dellutri Law Group is focused on making bad situations better and putting lives back together. If you or someone you love has been seriously injured in a Cape Coral accident caused by someone else’s negligence, you may be entitled to compensation.

To learn more about your legal options, contact our experienced Cape Coral injury attorneys for a free consultation.

 

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